Ferry service from Mall of Asia to Bataan starts April 1
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ORION, Bataan – Starting April 1, the ferry service from this port directly to Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City via Manila Bay, will again resume.

This was revealed by Congressman Abet S. Garcia, 2nd district of Bataan, who said that the Aboitiz Shipping Line will deploy its Super CAT ferry boats to ply Orion-MOA.

The resumption of the ferry boat service here is expected to be patronized by the Bataenos, known for their shopping spree habit, since the trip will directly bring the commuters all the way to MOA, the biggest shopping center in Metro Manila.

Speaking during the recent affair in PUP Mariveles campus, the bachelor solon told the students and teachers that there will be ticketing offices to be put up in RCPI offices in Bataan, particularly Balanga City to enable the commuters get tickets’ reservation easily when taking up the ferry boats. There will also mini buses or jeepneys to ferry passengers in Balanga.

In the past years, a number of ferry boat companies put up ferry services from Orion to PICC in Roxas Blvd. but did not so much patronize by the commuters due perhaps to the location and expensive passengers’ fares being collected by them.

But by this time, Garcia expressed optimism that this coming trip will certainly patronize by the public since it will bring directly the commuters to MOA, the shopping center in Metro Manila.

Travel time from Orion port to MOA is approximately 45 minutes which is shorter than taking land trip.
Bataenos lauded the Bataan solon for his effort in convincing the shipping line to resume the ferry service that will serve the Bataenos and traders in Mariveles and other commuters.

The Orion port was constructed through the joint efforts of Rep. Garcia and his father Gov. Tet Garcia, together with the Philippine Port Authority.

The Port here is now being converted into a Roro (Roll on; Roll off) to accommodate bigger ships that could transport heavier cargoes and vehicles to Manila.

According to Rep. Garcia, the ferry service will soon reopen to Mariveles to serve the investors and workers inside the Bataan Economic Zone (BEZ) now converted, by law, into Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB). FAB was welcomed by Marivels folk led by their mayor Jesse Concepcion who also supported its passage in congress.

The conversion of BEZ into FAB, known as R.A. 9728, was principally sponsored by Rep. Garcia who almost single-handedly fought for its successful passage in Congress and Senate, is expected to create tens of thousands of new employment, attract foreign and local investors and generate hundreds of millions of pesos in income for the province and national government.